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Human Resources Trends: What We Can Expect in our Industry in the Coming Years

04.01.2016
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While it may seem that human resources is becoming obsolete -- especially as the trend moves to the digital recruiting forums (such as LinkedIn) -- the reality is, human resources are needed more now than ever before. In this blog post, then, we're going to discuss the various human resources trends that we, as human resources professionals, can expect in our industry in the years to come. Believe it or not, the HR department won't be completely replaced by electronics in the near future!

  • In terms of the employee life cycle, the focus for this post will feature strictly the trends in recruiting and hiring.
  • Retaining talent in your company is the most important role that HR managers will play. It's not just about hiring the talent -- it's about training the talent in the company culture, retaining the talent within the company, and promoting company growth by retaining the quality talent.
  • 2016 marks a change in the way HR professionals conduct business: for the first time ever, HR professionals will be required to provide ACA reporting, as well as encounter new changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act and the National Labor Relations Board. On one hand, this makes HR less of a "wild West" type territory and provides a universal system of reporting -- on the other hand, this will require the HR professionals to become very familiar, very quickly, with the new rules being put into place nationwide. This may prove to be a challenge, especially for a junior-level HR professional.
  • Overall, as well, the employee life cycle will expand. This will become more and more evident as many of the long-term employees of the company "age out" and retire. In addition, many of the new hires of the company will be looking for a better quality of life -- a better balance between work and life -- rather than something that simply entails a good salary. Many millennials, in fact, will sacrifice a job that pays a good salary if it interferes with their quality of life, or a good work/life balance.
  • The Harvard Business Review has recently stated that the measure of HR's success continues to happen time & again -- and consistently, HR professionals have had to prove their worth. However, this shouldn't be the case. Metrics, statistics, and other quantitative factors have proven that companies not only need HR professionals, they would be lost without them. Therefore, in the coming years, HR professionals need to continue to demand respect -- and the proper salary that they deserve -- rather than settle for less.
  • One of the fastest-growing trends in HR is the so-called "consumerization" of HR. What that means is, HR professionals are looking into a variety of different outlets to recruit their talent, and this includes (but isn't limited to) social media and other online outlets. This also means that HR professionals are using these same online outlets to create a unified "message" for the company and its employees across all the platforms.
  • HR professionals of the 2010's and beyond need to look at the workplace as an "experience." Since the vast majority of an employee's time will be spent in the office, offering such perks as meals, massages, and unique team-building activities will make for a better work/life balance, which will keep today's employees happy...and, in turn, will help the company retain the employee for a longer period of time.
  • Finally, but certainly no less importantly, one of the largest growing trends that companies are seeing today is the blurring of the lines between HR & marketing. Much of this, of course, was already hinted at in previous trends, but as an HR professional, you have to be aware that more and more of your job will entail marketing efforts as well as hiring and HR efforts.